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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 9, 2018

New York man admits to firearm charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Stephan Cotterrell, of New York, New York, has admitted to using a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Cotterrell, age 21, pled guilty to one count of “Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.” He admitted to brandishing a .22 caliber revolver during a robbery in January 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Cotterrell faces not less than seven years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Morgantown Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 9, 2018